Thu, May 7, 2009 

 

Free tax workshop for small businesses

The Bellingham office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, at the Labor and Industries/DSHS Building, 1720 Ellis Street, First Floor Conference Room A, in Bellingham.

Swine flu update

On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed nine cases of the H1N1 (swine) influenza in Washington state. Although there are no confirmed Whatcom County cases, Whatcom County Health Department is implementing a plan to receive and distribute its Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) allocation of antiviral medications.

Mother’s Day art events this weekend

Blaine will have two art shows this coming Mother’s Day weekend along with new releases and tastings at six Whatcom County wineries, including Blaine’s Dakota Creek Winery and the GLM Winery, home of the Glacial Lake Missoula label. Even the weather reports are promising.

New grocery opens May 13 at Birch Bay Square

Local residents looking for more shopping choices can mark their calendars for Wednesday, May 13 when a new 32,000-square foot grocery store opens its doors at Birch Bay Square.

City settles with Blaine developer

Blaine developer Joel Douglas and the city of Blaine have settled their differences in an agreement signed this week, marking the end of a four-year struggle over Douglas’s Seascape Condominium project on Peace Portal Drive.

New whale watching business offers daily trips from Semiahmoo

Catch a ride with Blaine’s new whale watch charter Outer Island Expeditions.

American Life Poetry

To commemorate Mother’s Day, here’s a lovely poem by David Wojahn of Virginia, remembering his mother after forty years.

The Woods Coffee opens store at Birch Bay Square

Wes Herman has a motto for doing business – family first. Herman, a resident of Lynden who has more than 30 years of experience in the construction and development industry, broke into the coffee business in 2002 after watching his children spend hundreds of dollars on espresso beverages each month.

Blaine students earn top ranks at state

Blaine high school’s Michelle Berry, Nichole Munden, Jacqui Meaker, and Alexandra Dolk competed in the 2009 W.I.A.A. State Solo/Ensemble competition in Ellensburg. They won their category in the local San Juan Music Educator's Association Solo Competition January 31 in Bellingham competing against other musicians from all high school classification.

NSEA organizes tree planting at Terrell Creek, wins award

The Whatcom County-based Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) received the 2009 Volunteer Organization of the Year Award at the Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual general meeting (April 20-23, Shelton.) NSEA board president Phil Humphries accepted the award for the organization.

12th Annual Peace Arch International Sculpture Exhibit

Award-winning nail salon opens at Birch Bay Square

A Mount Vernon business owner who won accolades in Skagit County, including Best Nail Salon, has opened a new store in Birch Bay.

Jerns-McKinney hires new staff

Jerns Funeral Chapel and on-site crematorium in Bellingham and Blaine recently added two pre-arrangement counselors to help people make plans before they or their loved ones pass away.

Thu, Apr 30, 2009 

 

No cases of swine flu reported in Washington, officials say

Whatcom County officials are responding to the swine flu outbreak that is now in the international spotlight. There have been no cases of swine flu confirmed...

Blaine woman receives 9/11 Volunteer For Victims award

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recognized Blaine resident Barbara Skudlarick for her years of efforts on behalf of crime victims at the National Crime...

Produce shares offer fresh produce, local sustainabilityBy Tara Nelson

Long before the first summer harvest of organic fruits and vegetables, Mike and Kim Finger of Cedarville Farm are out in the cool spring air, plowing soil...

Failure to report boat arrivals could result in fine

Boaters getting warning notices for checking in late with the border shouldn’t take it like a slap on the wrist, according to Customs and Border ...

Full sails for local sailing Regattas

Twelve-year-old Aaron Peterson won the Clancy Boat Mini Regatta and Canadians took the West Marine Team Challenge for the second straight year at the big...

Beached whale likely died of trauma

Researchers investigating the death of a young gray whale that washed ashore this week say it likely died of acute trauma.

American Life Poetry

Sometimes I wonder at my wife's forbearance. She's heard me tell the same stories dozens of times, and she still politely laughs when she should. Here's...

News in Brief

Dog park volunteer work party May 16

Expect border delays this week

Travelers can anticipate longer than usual border waits this week as the crews will temporarily close the right northbound lane of the current two-lane...

Blaine boy wins state essay contest

Blaine resident Gene Kovalenso, a sixth-grader at Blaine middle school, has placed in the annual Jacob Friedman Holocaust Writing and Art Contest sponsored...

Ellen Wortendyke turns 100

At a party in the dining room of Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt, Ellen Wortendyke was honored on her 100th birthday. Family, friends, residents and staff...

Volunteers sought for clam survey

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee is looking for volunteers to help survey clams along the shoreline of Birch Point from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 ...

Blaine jazz camp seeks volunteers

Blaine’s eighth annual summer Jazz Camp is set for July 11 through 18, and coordinators Larry and Suzanne Conrad are looking for volunteer help.

Former border agent pleads guilty to child rape charges

A top official for the U.S. Border Patrol’s Blaine sector arrested last October on child rape charges pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court...


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